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Trinka

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I'm one week out from RTHR and doing well. Had some issues right after surgery with my BP tanking, but this isn't unusual for me as it happened when my left hip was done. Also had a big dip in hematocrit so I got a blood transfusion and that helped me get up and out of the hospital the day after surgery.
My surgeon did fracture my femur during surgery, but repaired it with a metal brace and I don't seem to have any issues with that. Haven't had any pain other than tightness when walking. Glad for that and for not having to take pain meds. My prior surgery was the same, so I feel extremely lucky, as many of my friends who've had this surgery did have a lot of pain post.
Glad to be on the other side and dreaming of getting on my bike in a couple of months!
 

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HI @Trinka and welcome to recovery.

I've moved this post from your pre-surgery thread and started this recovery thread for you.
Please post updates on your progress in this thread from now on.

I'm glad to hear that things are going well for you.

Here are our recovery guidelines, with lots of informative articles to help you.
Hip Recovery: The Guidelines

People are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for YOU.“ Your doctor(s), physiotherapist(s) and BoneSmart are here to help, but YOU are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.

1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary.

2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​

4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. Try to follow this

6. Access these pages on the website


Pain management and the pain chart
Healing: how long does it take?
Chart representation of THR recovery

Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
Energy drain for THRs
Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in the majority of BoneSmart’s forums, we ask that each member have only One Recovery Thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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Hello and Happy Monday!
How is your recovery going since we last heard from you? Hopefully all is well and you’re enjoying steady progress.

If you don’t mind sharing the date of your Left THR, you can leave the info below and we’ll edit your signature to reflect the actual date / year.

Sorry to hear about the fracture, but how great you’re not dealing with pain and the need for meds. You’re blessed.
A great week to you!
@Trinka
 
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Hi,
I'm doing well and progressing to one crutch. I'm walking for 20 minutes at a time but do need a lot of rest time too. My left hip was done three years ago on March 22, 2018. I did sometime to my hip when rolling over last night and have some sharp pain with weight bearing. Figured I may have strained a muscle so taking it easy and icing today.
My incision is SO itchy at night-any suggestions for easing that discomfort?
 

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Thanks for that date, we’ll edit your signature.

I’m sorry you’re starting out the day with some discomfort. You most likely did strain something and hopefully resting / icing today helps.

Following is what I read online explaining the itching - There are two main reasons why a healing wound can begin itching. The first is the growth of new nerve cells at the site, because it is nerve cells that allow the skin to feel sensations such as pain and itchiness. The second is that histamines are released at the site in response to new cell growth, and these chemicals also cause uncomfortable skin sensations.

Try icing when the itch is intolerable. It may help and at the very least serve as a distraction. I hope your day is a peaceful one.

Thanks for the update...good to hear from you. :wave:
@Trinka
 

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I wasn't rolling over in bed that early but when I did attempt to sleep on my non-op side early on it gave me odd feelings in my hip. It was a while before that felt comfortable.
 

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:hi: Happy Two Month Anniversary, Trinka
I hope you’re doing well. We’d love to read all about your progress if you have time to share. Wishing you a wonderful Spring / Summer 2021!
@Trinka
 

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